According to Krasnaya zvezda, April 19 was “military acceptance day” for the first quarter of 2018. Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu presided over a NTsUO session while arms tsar Yuriy Borisov and others reported on military procurement over the past three months.
Shoygu himself opened the proceedings stating that, so far in 2018, the military has acquired:
- 23 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles;
- One Elbrus logistics ship (project 23120);
- Two roadstead rescue boats (project 23040);
- 10 aircraft; and
- Seven (Mi-8AMTSh) helicopters (another seven are due in 2018).
Deputy Defense Minister Borisov described new or repaired equipment the Ground Troops and VDV have received including:
- 25 new and 96 repaired armored vehicles (23 BTR-D armored vehicles of 30 to be overhauled this year);
- 125 vehicles of other types;
- 50 comms systems;
- 16 SAMs;
- 4,000 parachute systems; and
- 155 UAVs;
From Miass, the managing director of Ural said a shipment of 30 Motovoz-1 trucks is almost ready to go to the armed forces.
Borisov said the Aerospace Forces have gotten:
- 20 new and four repaired aircraft;
- 30 new helicopters with 3 undergoing repair;
- Three radars; and
- 4,000 air-dropped munitions.
The director of the Novosibirsk Aircraft Plant said two Su-34 fighter-bombers were delivered in February. Ten more are due in 2018. The Irkutsk factory indicated four Su-30SM have passed “technical acceptance.” Similarly, ten more will be delivered before the end of this year.
The Space Troops successfully orbited three satellites this quarter, according to Borisov.
The Navy got Delta IV-class SSBN Tula back after a two-year repair. It also received three ships and auxiliaries, two helos, and 46 new Kalibr long-range cruise missiles.
Kazan-based UAV developer Eniks reported that two new T-28 Eleron-3 UAVs have gone to the customer, and the rest of the order of 30 are ready to be delivered.
St. Petersburg’s STTs commented on shipments of Orlan-10s for the armed forces. It indicated 152 were delivered so far in 2018 — 16 Torn-8PMK, 80 Orlan-10, 40 Leyer-3, and 16 others.
The session also covered testing of specialized Arctic vehicles for the military, preparations for this year’s Victory Day parade, and military construction activities.